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I'll be kind by just saying this, I wouldn't do it to my TC.

In time you may regret it when washing and polishing your TC, it won't be those nice long strokes across that smooth trunk lid.

Marty McFly would like it if he came 'Back to the Future' and needed a tow on his skateboard.

But then, I have made several major changes on my TC, so who am I to speak?  The latest one, which I really like, is the black grille surround.

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It is powder-coated.

 

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Matthew, One of my TC's has a luggage rack identical to yours and it does look fancy, but Hemi is correct in that it is time consuming when you wash and wax the trunk lid.  Our trunks are large enough that we don't need that additional space for luggage.  Bob

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15 hours ago, Mark_Blodgett said:

Where are you going that you need that much luggage space isn't the trunk large enough?

It's pretty much for looks. 

It dresses up the back end, which looks rather boring, plus it always bothered me that the peak hood line is taller then the trunk line, puts it in better proportions. I used rubber expansion nuts and grommets to seal it from any water intrusion. The last thing I need are more water leaks, lord knows I've got enough coming from the tops and windows. 

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I noticed your car had the hard top on.  For whatever it's worth - on all of my TC's the hardtops leak and the soft tops do not.  I don't know whether that's due to a design or manufacturing flaw (that the hard tops leak, not that the soft tops don't).  The soft tops are easy to adjust which may help the situation.  Now if I could only adjust the soft top on my S200 I wouldn't have to have a rag handy!  

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Hello Matthew, if you really have an antifreeze coolant leak from your heater core, I recommend that you either correct that by replacing the heater core, OR by bypassing the heater core, by installing a by-pass between the 2 heater hoses going into the the drivers compartment.

I must warn you,  DO NOT PLUG EITHER OF THE HEATER HOSES, THEY MUST REMAIN FREE TO PASS COOLANT THROUGH. They are part of the engine coolant ‘BY-PASS’ system and would cause cooling system problems if not being able to continue free flow. If you want more information regarding this, refer to the COOLANT CONTROL VALVE article in Vol 29. March 2020, Page 5.

 

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14 minutes ago, Garnet & Gold said:

Here is a picture of the heater hoses going thru the fire wall.

 

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Ah Yes, you Matthew have a 3.0L V6. That is a good thing for you. In that case, you CAN block off the heater hoses..

Excuse me, I always think 2.2/2.5L and forget the others are not similarly affected.

Thank you Bob for the 'awakening'!

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1 hour ago, Hemi Dude said:

Ah Yes, you Matthew have a 3.0L V6. That is a good thing for you. In that case, you CAN block off the heater hoses..

Excuse me, I always think 2.2/2.5L and forget the others are not similarly affected.

Thank you Bob for the 'awakening'!

 

I'll was planning on bypassing it eventually. I can smell it leaking though nothing has actually dripped on the floor but I know a bad heater core when I smell it. Once again, neglect on the previous owner(s) not servicing the cooling system. It was completely rusted and sludged up. 

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